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i'm chris wallace. two weeks after the close of obamakaren rollment, kathlecadk sabes sebelius steps down. >> people are the security of health insurance. and that's because of the woman standing next to me today. >> i think this resignation is the latest indication of what a disaster obamacare has been. >> we'll discuss sebelius, the president's nomination of the budget director to replace her and where obamacare goes from here with two members of senate committee that will hold confirmation hearings. republican tim scott and democrat sheldon whitehouse.
then republican leaders pursue criminal charges against lois learner for her role in the irs targeting scandal. >> there's reason to believe that lois learner committed crime. >> what they're doing with this herring is politicizing this issue. >> we'll talk with two members of the house ways and means committee which voted to send lernor's case to the justice department. plus our sunday panel discusses whether the irs scandal stops with lerner and our power player of the week, a historic washington treasure that serves as a haven for achievers in the arts and sciences. >> they're meant for everyone to enjoy. >> all right now on fox news sunday. >> and hello again from fox news in washington. kathleen sebelius stepped down as secretary of health and human services.
but with confirmation hearings ahead for her replacement, the battle over obamacare is entering a new phase. we've invited members of one of the senate committees that will hold the hearings to discuss what happens now. from south carolina, republican tim scott and from rhode island, democrat sheldon whitehouse. senator scott, after the disastrous rollout of obamacare did kathleen sebelius have to go? how do you explain the timing of her resignation? >> there's no doubt she had to go. when you think of hemalt healthcare.gov, there has to be changes. if we look at the confirmation hearing, will the next secretary have americans first or will they have the administration's policy and try to carry the water for the president as their primary responsibility? >> well, i think it's fair to say that all of the glitches with the website followed sebelius right through her
resignation. here she was on friday in the rose garden. >> their stories are so disheartening about finally feeling secure and knowing they can take care of themselves and their families. unfortunately, a page is missing. >> and that night sebelius sent out this e-mail, i will be passing the baton to my friend and colleague sylvia burrell. in fact, the woman named to replace her is sylvia burrwell. did she have to go? what do you makest timing of her resignation? >> well, i think she gave a lot of good service to the president and to the country. she was there nearly six years and in an extremely tough job at a very consequential time through the whole health care bill and through the rollout with all the malfunctions. i think it probably is a good
thing to have a new face going forward. and sylvia matthews burwell is a very good choice. she has a lot of good will on the republican side and she has a lot of experience and ability. she was president clinton's deputy chief of staff. she was treasury secretary rubin's cleave of staff. she had an important behind the scenes role in the budget agreement. >> you are both members as we said of one of two senate committees that's going to hold confirmation hearings on sylvia burwell. senator scott, when burwell was confirmed 96-0 just a year ago to being the budget chief, you voted for her. and the question i have for you, senator scott, is might you vote against her now because of your concerns with obamacare? >> there's no doubt she was a good choice for omb. that does not necessarily make her guy choice for hhs. the real question we have to dig into is how obamacare and the
role of the secretary of hhs, how they have been woven together and what it looks like to the american people. what we learned over the last several months is that only thing that are increasing obamacare are the premiums. premiums are higher than they used to be. we know there was a double digit increase in premiums both in the individual market and the small group market. we also know that out of pocket expenses as well as deductibles are increasing. the only things that gone down so far under obamacare are the number of doctors in your network. the number of hospitals in your network, the number of specialists you can see. >> senator, are you going to vote against burwell because you don't like obamacare? >> absolutely not. the questions that we have to get to, however, is whether or not director burwell will be serving for the president of the united states with his agenda as the primary objective or will she get into the details of the numbers and she's obviously strong on the numbers and figure
out whether seven million people actually signed up and paid or whether it's other independent sources suggest that we've had fewer than five million sign up and pay as well as looking at the fact when you have six million cancellations and seven million signed up by the president's suggestion that what is the actual number of those who have signed up and paid? so we're going to have an opportunity to discuss with director burwell her approach to making sure that american people are the primary objective and not politics. >> senator whitehouse, i mean what you're hearing is -- i think this can happen for some red state democrats seeking re-election as well as republicans that this can be a referendum on obamacare. >> well, we couldn't be happier to have that conversation. i'm hearing in rhode island from people who have been on health insurance for the first time in their lives from people who because they got on health insurance for the first time in their lives had a checkup that
revealed a significant illness at a time that can still be treated. this was a single mom. her daughter's life has been turned around by the fact that her mom caught this illness in trim time to treat it. over and over again. people on the health care benefit from the seniors who are getting their pharmaceuticals paid for and -- i'm struggling for the donut hole. there we go. it's been very good for most rhode islanders. there are good stories for people to tell out there. an we think there is going to be great opportunity to tell the real human stories and not just the political attack ad lines that the republican party is bringing to this conversation. >> senator scott, you are going to use and will your fellow republicans on the committee use the confirmation hearings as leverage to try to get information documents from the
administration? if so, what specifically and what policies specifically are you going to go after? >> well, i think the first thing we have to do is make sure we keep the folks on the american people not on politics. the way you do that is to figure out first and foremost who actually has benefited from the so-called success of obamacare and its rollout. what we know about controlling cost is we can't find the key ingredient to controlling costs in obamacare. when you spend $2 billion to promote the enrollment process, you don't save money. $2 billion have gone to marketing agencies, tv commercials, $700 million of that number for the healthcare.gov website. that is two billion that did not go to doctors or benefit a patient but it did benefit politicians. and so what we're going to dig into is how do we make a fast
forward this health care law? my request is figure out what will make this work. the premise of the health care law was flawed from inception. seven million young people signing up in order to reduce the price for elder americans. this led to adverse risk selection. >> let me ask you another aspect. there are 36 unilateral changes by the white house. are you seeking some assurance from sylvia burwell that that's going to stop? if there are any more changes, they'll come back to congress and ask them to change the law? >> chris, we have had that assurance before from secretary sebelius that there would be no delays. unfortunately what we realized is the definition of delay must have changed. we've had several delays even since she said there would be no delays. we learned very consistently that even march of last year there were suggestion that's the premiums would be higher. we heard exact opposite along the way. so we have not found a place where we can hear what they say
and see what they did and have those things be the same. so we're going to continue to look for real information. >> senator whitehouse, you just said a moment ago you look forward to the confirmation hearings because that's going to be an opportunity for you to talk about the good news of obamacare. i want to take a look at the latest public opinion poll. according to the latest real clear politics average of recent polls, 39.8% now favor obamacare. 58.3% oppose the law. doesn't this confirmation hearing mean that democrats are going to be stuck defending what is still a relatively unpopular law and not doing what the president seemed to be doing and democrats in the senate seem to be doing recently which was trying to change the subject to income inequality? >> as i said, bear in mind that this law has immensely helpful to real people, real families all across this country.
and they are true stories. they're human stories. and those, i think, are important stories for us to get out there. i think that will add value. i think it is important. i think it's also important to remember that of the people who disapprove of the obama care law, a lot of them are people like me who would have liked to have seen a single payer option, a public option, who feel that it didn't go far enough in terms of being a really efficient national health care option. >> senator scott, senator whi whitehouse, we want to thank you so much for coming in today. we look forward to the confirmation hearings. thank you, gentlemen. >> thank you, chris. >> thank you. >> be sure to tell us what you think about sebelius' resignation and her obamacare legacy on facebook and share your favorite moments from today's show with other fns viewers. up next, could former irs official lois lerner face jail time for targeting conservative groups? we'll ask two members of the committee seeking criminal investigation. [ male announcer ] how can power consumption in china,
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committee is asking the justice department to consider criminal charges against her. joining us now, two members of ways and means from michigan, the top democrat sandra levin and from louisiana, one of the leading republicans on the panel, charles bustani. when the irs scandal broke, president obama condemned what the agency officials reportedly done as outrageous. now he said they have been cleared. take a look at his change of heart on this scandal. >> if, in fact, irs personnel engaged in the kind of practice that's have been reported on and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that's outrageous. and there's no place for it. not even mass corruption. not even a smidgeon of corruption. >> given the investigation is still on going, how do you
explain that change of heart from the president? >> well, it's hard to believe because based on all the documents we've reviewed, over a million -- half a million documents dozens of interviews, we found compelling evidence that indeed lois lerner was involved in criminal activity. it's highly suggestive and needs to be thoroughly investigated. that's why we're asking for the criminal investigation. >> how do you explain the president, again, when this investigation in the justice department investigation is still open, how do you explain thim sayi him saying there is not any corruption? >> the investigation is still on going in congress. if the justice department is doing an investigation, it's still open. we need to get to the facts. and that's what we tried to do at the ways and means committee. but we know that she violated internal procedures. she violated potentially violated federal law by
revealing private confidential taxpayer information by putting it on her own personal e-mail address. we know that she tried to or sought to intervene in the appeals process for some of the groups which is a violation not only of procedure but also federal law. so there are some really disturbing facts that are emerging in this. that's why we need to complete the investigation and that's why there needs to be a full criminal investigation. >> congressman levin, you know, you can say that is just the republican majority on ways and means. the treasury department inspect juror gener or general did a report that found that conservative groups seeking tax exempt status were treated very differently from liberal groups. 30% of organizations with progress or progressive in their names were examined as possible political groups. and, therefore, not included -- would not have been considered for tax exempt status. but 100% of groups with tea party, patriot or 912 in their
names were examined. congressman levin, 248 conservative groups were examined but only 29 liberal groups. how do you explain that disparity? >> first of all, the inspector general left out the information in this report that there were liberal groups. let me try to explain what's happening here. you know, the document that we were given to look over, it said this on the top. the following document contains confidential tax reform information and is being provided to you for review. any subsequent unauthorized disclosure of the content is prohibited by law and is punishable by fine or imprisonment. so what happens is the chairman gives us the material. we can look at it for one day. take no notes. and then we go into executive session and we violate the confidentiality of the
taxpayers. >> congressman levin, that is a very interesting answer. it has nothing to do with my question. i'm asking you a specific question -- >> it does. >> no, it doesn't, sir. i'm asking you a specific question. how do you explain the fact that 30% of progressive groups were examined for their tax exempt status eligibility and 100% of conservative groups? how do you explain that? >> i'll explain it. it also does what i said to respond to your question as to what's going on here. more tea party groups and conservative groups applied for status than other groups. in 2006, of the 501 c organizations, only $1 million was spent on election campaign stuff n 2012, $256 million and two of the organizations were coke brother organizations and a third was karl rove.
>> sir, it still doesn't explain -- you can say there are more conservative groups. it doesn't explain why 100% of conservative groups were examined and only 30% of liberal groups. it doesn't matter if it is 10-3shgs it was 100% of the could be servetive groups and 30% of the liberal groups. how do you explain that? >> look this is what the attorney general is looking into. >> it's been looking into it for a year, sir. >> the president called for an examination by the attorney general. they are looking into that. we should not disrupt that by essentially having a secret session. >> do you think the president disrupted it when he said there wasn't a smidgeon of corruption? >> i'll tell you what he was talking about. the first hearing that we had, the chairman of the committee said there was a culture of corruption and administrative -- administration interference. there is zero evidence that the
white house has anything to do with what happened. >> the question has nothing to do with the white house and it had to do -- the question had to do with there is any corruption. he basically gave the irs a clean bill of health when the investigation was still going on. but you bring up a good point. >> that is what is -- look. >> that was the question asked by bill o'reilly at the super bowl. i watched the interview. >> i know. i heard it. the corruption charge related way back to the administration and whether they were involved in this. republicans tried to tie the white house to this. there was zero evidence. >> let me interrupt and ask -- >> there is zero evidence. >> it's a fair question. congressman, do you have any evidence after a year of investigation that any official higher up in the irs, higher up in the treasury department or in the white house directed low he is lerner to do what she
allegedly did? >> chris, the problem is we have been trying to get -- follow these facts wherever they go and we've been stonewalled with slow production of documents. clearly, we've been obstructed by lois lerner at every level. she misled the inspector general for tax investigation and she pleaded the fifth in front of the committees -- one of the committees twice. we have been not getting the documents that we need to really fully evaluate this so we can follow the facts from the ground up and see where they lead. >> congressman, let me interrupt you, too, if i may. because a lot of people -- congressman levin, let me ask my question. a lot of people, including some republicans, some of your colleagues say that your committee and the house oversight committee have blown this because of the fact that you should have given lois
lerner immunity. nobody really cares what lois lerner did, the question is did she get it from higher ups or just the decision by a mid level bureaucrat in the irs? why not give her immunity a year ago under subject of penalty of perjury and say were you given direction by anybody above you? >> well, that is a debatable point. it's worthy of discussion. the fact is we're still being obstructed by the irs. we've now gone through two -- we have two confirmed irs commissioners and two acting commissioners and we have still not gotten all the documents that we need to conclude this investigation. the fact is i want to follow the facts on this from the ground up starting with the cincinnati office. we've had good interviews. >> you've had a year, sir. you've had a year. >> and we're still obstructed. >> congressman levin?
>> can i break in? you asked him if there is any evidence of white house involvement. he doesn't answer it zero. i was among the first to say lois lerner should be relieved of her duties, among the very first. and there's been zero evidence of this involvement of the white house. let me also say, there was an alternative. when mr. camp and republicans in the house wanted to send the information that was in this booklet to the attorney general, they didn't have to have a secret session. and then make it public, violating the public's right to confidentiality. all the chairman had to do was to call up the attorney general and say i want to give you this information. >> i want to ask you about this. the fact is that the irs is under heavy pressure at particularly this time to go over -- to go after conservative groups that were seeking tax exempt status. they were under heavy pressure from top democrats including david axel rod who has been an
adviser to the president, dick durbin, charles shum eastern a fellow named carl schumer. you really don't believe that pressure from the top democrats on the democratic irs and democratic administration had anything to do with this? >> the inspector general said in essence, no. let me point out very clearly the 501-c-4 -- force. >> they just completed an audit. >> let me finish. 501-c-4 are those involved in social welfare, not politics. >> congressman, there were liberals groups that were involved in politics as well like priorities usa. the irs did nothing to look at those liberal groups but they went after groups. i mean we have a point at which
two liberal campaign finance groups went to lois learner and said you really to go after gps to, the karl rove group and she immediately orders an examination, an audit of that. >> look, some of the 501-c-4 groups were liberal groups. there were liberal groups that investigated. the names are in the document that's are supposed to be secret. half of the money in 2012 reported to the sec came from two groups that are related to the coke brothers and one to karl rove. it went from $1 million, as i said, in 2006 to $256 million in 2012. half of it from very conservative groups. >> gentlemen, we're -- >> a number of groups have been doing. this we need to look at it. >> again, i leave you gentlemen with again the point in the inspector general's own report,
100% of groups with tea party or patriot in their names were examined. only 30% with progress or progressive. congressmen, thank you both. we'll stay on top of. this thank you, gentlemen. where does the irs scandal go from here? our sunday group joins the conversation. plus, what you would like to as the panel? go to facebook or twitter and we may use your question on the air. there's a saying around here,
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lerner? >> this is an on going matter. >> this is turning into a witchunt, frankly to serve the base of the republican party. >> some of the back and forth in congress this week as the irs targeting scandal heats up again. it's time now for our sunday group. fox news senior political analyst brit hume. julie pace who covers the white house for the associated press. syndicated columnist george will, author of the new book "a nice little place on the north side" about wrigley field, and bob woodward of "the washington post." it's been almost a year, a year since the treasuries inspector general came out with this report that said that there had been targeting of conservative groups by the irs. brit, let me ask you the question i was going to get at with the new congressman, why are we not further along? is it as senator levin said administration stone wawalling?
is it ineptitude or something else? >> both. the administration has certainly stonewalled. there is a vast array of material they haven't turned over. you have lois lerner using her constitutional right not to incriminate herself. and the committee seems to me the committees on the house have not done a particularly effective job. it was a mistake, i think, for them not to agree to the appointment of a select committee that would have a be more aggressive operation. it is a mistake not to grant lois lerner immunity. it won't matter if she's prosecuted or not. but they need to get her to testify and i think if they had done those two things, we would be much farther along. >> julie, i want to go back to the two clips of president obama that i played for the two congressmen. 11 months ago you have barack obama, i'm sure you were there that day coming into the east room and expressing outrage at what had been alleged about the
irs and the targeting of c conservative groups. then you have him in the super bowl interview saying there is no corruption. how does the white house justify that given that at least allegedly the justice department is still investigating? >> sure. the justice department is still investigating this. you have to remember that from the white house perspective, the thing that is most important to them is whether there has been any white house link to what the irs did. and so far that has not been proven to be true. so from their perspective, they say that is the core of the issue. there are problems over at the irs. we've had changes in leadership there. and we are investigating this. but the issue that was at the center of this at the very beginning, whether there was white house involvement has not been proven true. >> but doesn't it make it a little bit hard if you have this open thorough on going investigation by the justice department when you have the president basically saying case closed? >> i don't know if he exactly said the case is closed.
but certainly i think that is a tricky thing for a president to say when you have an on going investigation, that you use as the thing you point to to say that administration is taking this seriously. >> george, i was struck a couple days ago on our sister broadcast special report when you said that there have been three great scandals over the last 40 years here in washington. watergate, iran-contra and irs. a couple of questions. one, why do you think this rises to that level? and why do you think the investigation is still on? >> the investigation has stalled because the justice department has already leaked its conclusion which is that no one would be prosecuted. it rises to that level because the internal revenue service is the most intrusive and potentially the most punitive institution in the federal government and has been thoroughly pill sized. let me give you file things we know she's done right now. she said the delay approving
conservative groups is caused by a serious uptick in applications. the inspector general says that is not true. she said the tea party group was very dangerous. in texas and kentucky and probably elsewhere, irs employees have violated the hatch act by using federal resources for campaigning and for barack obama. >> can we -- i just want to say the office of special council came out this week with a report and they said, now, there weren't vast cases although in dallas they were wearing campaign buttons and screen saver said obama and stuff like that. there was at least one case where if you called the help line this person was in effect tell you should vote for obama not for the republicans because they'll keep you in this mess. >> confidential taxpayer information of the organization the national organization for marriage was leaked to a rival group. and finally, when senator schumer and durbin and others
wore extorting the irs to be more political in the application of views, she said we are working on a denial of the application. not expediting but working on denial of it. that's why this rises because as bob woodward remembers, the watergate scandal was fundamentally using the machinery of the federal government to punish our enemies. >> all right, mr. woodward, you know something about scandals. how serious is the irs scandal and, you know, i think one of the key questions does this really begin and end with a my level bureaucrat who we never heard of a year ago named lois lerner. >> there is obviously something here. the question is does this committee know thou investigate? and they're worried about this one person who is invoked her fifth amendment rights not to answer questions and you have
congressmen on the committee going on saying we have evidence she's involved in criminal activity. i don't think you should cross that line. the second thing is there's always one person who's not going to talk. and when you conduct an investigation like this, i have not gone into the details, you need to find people who will talk. and there are always people who will do this. you know, we should dig into it. there should be answers. it's quite correct. and for the president to take that position is very, very unusual and say there is not a smidgeon of evidence. and there's a question and you're right, the irs particularly this week as we know will file our tax returns has a big place in everyone's
life. they have immense power. and the power of the federal government to come and say we're auditing you or we're going to do something to you, i mean it's a ten ton truck coming at you. it's the sort of thing that the leadership and the white house should take a position. look, we will not tolerate this. >> chris, the same set of facts that bob and george have described would have touched off in previous days a media firestorm. what we had was kind of a campfire in most of the media which was doused before very long and the story had been basically dormant. we at fox news continue to pursue it and some other media outlets have as well. but when that kind of firestorm occurs, it creates an atmosphere in washington where for the administration with a message to try to promote day by day, you can't get it out. you can get nothing out. we can all remember what it was like. and that creates a hothouse sort
of atmosphere in which all investigations end up being accelerated. there are details leaked, they get reported and the thing develops a life of its own and ultimately the combination of things, you know, brings the issue out and you get to the facts. it has not happened here. >> let's bring julie in. you're the chief ap reporter correspondent at the white house. and i think it's fair to say there was a form of interest and then it faded. why? >> i think part of it has to do with the fact that the amount of information that we've been getting on it has run out. there has been so much focus on lois lerner and she's not talking so you're in in period of time, i say this about a lot of congressional investigations, if you are going to keep the story going and you want to keep the investigation going, eventually there has to be some material there to work with. we're in this period of time where we don't have a lot to work with. >> i mean this really should have gone to joint committee. if you look at congress -- >> they don't know how to
investigates. >> i degree that, bob. i don't think if you look back at these investigations when republican presidents were in the white house that you could say that those investigations were particularly nonpartisan. partisanship is a part of it. you can't take the politics out of it. >> the watergate committee was set up by a vote of 77-0. all republicans who were voting. >> by the time that happened, all hell had broken loose and in the midst of the firestorm we were? . >> i love this conversation. unfortunately, we have another great conversation to have. up next, attorney general eric holder describes his treatment by house republicans this week as ugly and unprecedented. how big a factor is race in our politics now? we'll ask our panel. latte or au lait?
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[chris]still smoking up a storm? [tom]yeah.pathetic,isn't it? [chris] ever try to... [tom] quit?of course! my best time was six days. the worst was ...uh...23.4 seconds. [chris] so can i ask you... [chris & tom] why are you still smoking? [tom] [sarcastic] "it's so much fun." [chris]why not call the smokers' helpline? the program's free,and... [tom]and they'll tell me..."you oughta quit." [chris] not so. just tell them you're ready to quit. then,they'll tell you how. [tom] really? you wouldn't have that number on you,would you? i realize contempt is not a big deal to our attorney general, but it is important that we have proper oversight. >> i think that it was inappropriate. i think it was unjust but never
think that was not a big deal to me. don't ever think that. >> you look at the way the attorney general of the united states was treated yesterday by a house committee, had nothing to do with me. forget that. what attorney general has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? >> attorney general eric holder complaining about treatment of him and also the president after another testy exchange with house republicans on capitol hill. and we're back now with the panel. attorney general holder said the obama administration has faced, his words, "unprecedented, ugly opposition" and speaking to al sharpt sharpton's national election network, he said it's because of race. >> it's false that no attorney general, no president have been subjected to this kind of treatment. after all, bill clinton was impeached. think about that for a moment. john mitchell went to jail. the list is long of attorney generals and other officials that have been subjected to
rough treatment on capitol hill and elsewhere. this strikes me as crybaby stuff. my sense is that both eric holder and barack obama have benefited enormously from the fact that they are african-american and the first to hold the jobs that they hold. and this, i don't know if he's specifically ment race or not. i suspect perhaps he did. but to those who men, race has been both a shield and a sword that they have used effectively to defend themselves and to attack others. i think it is depressing at this stage in our national life after all we've been through on this issue and given the overwlel heg consensus that this stuff is going on. >> i think it's fair to say this is widely seen, these kinds of comments as effort by the obama administration to try to mobilize black voters. this was to the national action network, in advance of the republican -- or rather the november elections and you also
have president obama going to the national action network this week and complaining about efforts to restrict voters' access to the polls. >> across the country, republicans have led efforts to pass laws making it harder, not easier, for people to vote. >> julie, whether it's voting rights or complaining about ugly treatment, do white house officials see this as smart politics, effective politics, a way to mobilize part of the base? >> they do. it's part of a broader effort. it's not just trying to mobilize african-americans, but if you look at the past two weeks and what the president is doing, there is targeted outreach to african-americans and women and talking about equal pay issues. they look at the november election, they see an electorate that doesn't look like it does when president obama is on the ballot. and if some of the democrats who are in tough races are going to win, they need to have the electorate look more like it did in 2012 or 2008.
so you're going to see this not just over the next couple of weeks but straight through november. >> when you walk the corridors of the west wing, do you get the sense that a lot of the top officials there feel he is treated differently because of race? or the administration is? >> i think they tread scale ofly on this issue. i think to brit's point, certainly when you look at talking about politics, if you look at the coalition that president obama has brought together and the people who have voted for him, he certainly benefitted from huge african-american turnout. but they're also careful not to say he is treated differently or benefitted from race. it's a very touchy subject for them. eric holder has a different political antenna. he's been making comments that made the white house cringe going back to 2009. >> we asked you for questions from the panel, for the panel, rather. we got this on twitter from michael dagan. why is it that if you oppose
their position and you're white, you're branded as racist both attorney general holder and president of the united states race bait. >> liberalism has a tourette's syndrome these days. if you have the law on your side, if you have the facts on your side, you have the facts. if you have neither, pound the table. this is pounding the table. there is an intellectual poverty now. liberalism hasn't had a new idea since the 1960s except obamacare and the country doesn't like it. recovery is unprecedentedly bad. so what do do you? anyone criticizes us is a racist. it's become a joke among young people. you go to a campus and some young person will say looks like it's going to rain. the person says, you're a racist. i mean it's so inappropriate. the constant implication of this is i think it is becoming a
national merth. >> who is invoking it? i think if you look at the record and julie knows this best, obama has not and he's been quite careful on the issue of race and i don't -- there are supporters and there are certain groups and you're right there are politics involved in this. but i don't -- i think this is something where he's put a line between him and some of his advocates. and you do walk the corridors of the west wing or the white house or the administration and i think you don't hear people really saying that he or other people say a lot of these things on race. >> this is not first time that eric holder has in effect said we're treated differently because we're black. >> he didn't say that though. unfortunately, there are facts. what happens is a reporter asked john boehner the speaker about
this and the reporters interpretation was that what holder said was about race. and he didn't mention race. >> wait a minute. when he goes to the national action network, al sharpton's group, overwhelmingly african-american crowd and says when is the last time that an attorney general was treated this way? >> and president. >> and then, when is the last time a president was treated this way? what do you think he's talking about? >> you know, you make your interpretation. >> what do you think? >> well, look, it's politics. but the point brit made is exactly right. i mean it's tough being attorney general and some of them have gone to jail and some of them have had a real, real hard time. holder should kind of emotionally back off on this and kind of say hey, look, you know, we're in political fights and keep them political on the substance of the things george is talking about. obama care, foreign policy and
the economic recovery. that's what people really care about in this country. >> chris, what the president said there about what they call voter suppression and others call voter id laws should not go unremarked on. there is a better example of the distrust between the two sides in this country than that issue. the idea that people should be able to identify themselves as legitimate voters when they go to the polls has overwhelming support in the public. we see voter id cards in places like afghanistan. in this country from the president's podium we hear it argued that these are efforts not efforts to keep voters out of the polls or an effort to keep people from voting. >> julie, what do you make of the fact that now you're seeing states limiting when they can register and vote? isn't it the point to make it easy as possible for people to vote? >> sure. and the white house says they're not cutting down on voter fraud.
they're looking at the voert id issue and says a lot of people who are low income don't have identification because they may not drive. i mean there is an interesting proposal out there to put photos on social security cards which would basically insure that every american citizen would have an identification. the white house hasn't taken a position on that. i think that is forced to have to take a stand on that if they really are concerned about voter rights, not just using this as a political issue. >> i want to talk about eric holder and the use of photo ids go, to the justice department and bring your photo id because you can't get into i had building without one. >> point taken. thank you, panel. see you next week. up next, our power player of the week. a 200-year-old estate is breathing new life into washington's cultural scene. ♪ ♪
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accompli accomplishments in the future. >> we find really talented people who are on their way to building a huge fire. and we at the foundation and the doctors come along and provide them with the match. and that is thrilling time and again. ♪ >> if you're wondering whether the doctors ever considered living at evermay, the staff says they're too low key for. that in fact, while the mansion has 12 bedrooms, when the couple does spend the night, they stay in a small carriage house on the grounds. and that's it for today. have a great week. we'll see you next on "fox news sunday."
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